Popular Denver, Colorado racer Robb Holland finished off the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge season with a third place in the championship, but that didn’t mean he had a ride for 2012. The problem was that the Volvo C30 program being run by K-Pax racing came to an end at the close of the season.
Earlier this week, Karl Thomson of Compass360 Racing announced that Holland would be returning to the Toronto based team to drive the #70 Civic at the season opening race in Florida. The St. Petersburg race is a support event for the Indycar season opener. While the deal is currently just for the one race, it sounds like there is a possibility that there might be more news soon.
Check out a gallery of Holland in action at the 2011 Mosport round of WC, along with the team press release after the jump.
(Toronto, ON) — Compass360 Racing (C360R) released details of their fourth driver for the season-opening round of the Pirelli World Challenge series in St. Petersburg, FL, with the announcement that Robb Holland will pilot the team’s #70 Honda Civic Si at the prestigious event, which also marks the start of the IndyCar season.
Holland, who finished third overall in last year’s Touring Car standings, will help anchor a strong line up for the defending champions that includes Todd Lamb, Ryan Winchester, and Shea Holbrook.
C360R Team Principal Karl Thomson was clearly happy with his new signing. “Robb drove for us a few years ago in Grand-Am and I’ve been working ever since to get him back in one of our cars. He had several great battles with Lawson Aschenbach (who won the championship) last year and really showed his strength as a driver. He has more experience around this tough St. Pete course than any other driver in the TC field and I think that will be a great asset for us as we begin the defense of our title.”
Holland was clearly excited to be reunited with last year’s champs. “With the Volvo C30 program coming to a close late in the year, I was scrambling to find a good ride as most seats had already been filled. C360R consistently runs one of the best and most professional teams in any series and I was flattered when they asked me to drive for them at St. Pete. I drove the Civic Si for them early in its development, and although it may not have the straight-line speed of the Speed3 or VW, I’m confident the package will be competitive as they have a good handle on how to make that car work. I spent a lot of time looking at it’s taillights last year, and now I’m really looking forward to the view from the drivers seat.”
Although Holland has only signed for the first round at St. Pete, Thomson is hoping to have him in the #70 car for the rest of the season. “Robb has proven to be an asset for all the teams he’s driven for and it’d be great to have him on board all season. We’ll be sitting down after St. Pete and seeing what we can work out for the long term. Clearly we want to have all four cars capable of winning races and podium finishes to get Honda another Manufacturer’s Championship in 2012.”
The 2012 Pirelli World Challenge presented by the SCCA schedule consists of 14 races over six weekends. Races will take place on a variety of circuits across the United States and Canada ranging from a street circuit in St. Petersburg, FL to the world renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California. The World Challenge season begins with a double-header race at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix with IndyCar, March 23-25. The event will be televised, taped-delayed, on NBC Sports.
News Source: C360R